Music GCSE: Franz Liszt, symphonic poems and orchestral music
A profile of Franz Liszt and developments in 19th century music, including his innovations with themes of death and destiny, his virtuoso piano playing, his impressionist themes and his symphonic poems.
We see his long term impact on other composers such as Claude Debussy and Danny Elfman. Includes performances of Liszt's Grand galop chromatique, Fountains of the Villa D'Este, Prometheus, Hunnenschlacht, and Debussy's Gardens in the rain.
This clip is from the series Howard Goodall's Story of Music.
Students could use this clip as part of their studies of romanticism and the history of western music.
Follow-on work could include tracking how Liszt's innovations, in particular his symphonic poems and programme music, influenced later composers such as Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss.
It may also provoke composition work based on an image, story or character.
This topic is relevant to GCSE, AS Level and Higher Music in the areas of Romanticism, Music History and Understanding styles.